Museum restoration has its challenges

Museum restoration has its challenges
Peryer Construction is busy with the refurbishment and structural upgrade of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association’s Heritage Trust Museum in Thorndon.

Bill and Jan Peryer have owned and operated their commercial construction company for 38 years and counting. This family-owned business operates from their Upper Hutt Offices and currently engages a team of 30 staff covering management and on-site construction teams.
“Initially we started small with Bill and a few guys but gradually with our reputation gaining traction we grew steadily over the years,” says Jan. “We have always concentrated on the commercial sector undertaking medium-size projects and under three storeys.
“We are very happy where we fit in the market with our proven capabilities, resources and strengths enabling several contracts to run concurently.” Following a lengthy prequal process undertaken two years ago, the company is a preferred Main Contractor listed on the Ministry of Education’s ‘Construction Directory’ with proven professional performance in the education sector.
This means that Peryer Construction can expect opportunities to tender for education contracts, ranging from major refurbishments, weather-tightness remediation, through to new builds.
Geographically, the company’s operation extends to the greater Wellington region as far as the Kapiti Coast, with future opportunities in the Wairarapa also being considered.
One contract currently underway involves a challenging major refurbishment and structural upgrade of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association’s Heritage Trust Museum at 3 Collina Terrace, Thorndon, Wellington.
Managing this project on site is Matt O’Styke, with the architect, Stephen Geuze, from Silverwood Architects.“We procured this project following the tender process with the contract valued at over $1.4million,” says Jan.
The build represents a new era for New Zealand hunting as the existing two-storey villa, with a two-level extension to the rear undergoes a huge facelift. Work began July 2019 and is programmed for completion at the end of May 2020.
One key focus by the architect was to ensure the original character of the building was retained, with classical ceiling mouldings’ and finishing’s specified keeping a sense of its history and appropriate era of this 100-year-old building.

Museum restoration has its challenges
The two-storey villa is undergoing major internal work with a a two-level extension also being built at the rear of the building.

Part of the construction process involves installing a large two storey extension, new lift shaft and fire retention walls to ensure the original structure is protected. Along with this the building will receive a new roof, refurbishment of cladding and windows.
“It will create a wonderful space for the Association to display its history with open trusses, a design feature and creation of a spacious void/atrium viewed from the mezzanine,”says Jan.
To protect the valued display items there will be minimal natural light with special display lighting sourced from Spain. Inside, Xlam cross-laminated timber floor panels will feature along with prefabricated timber laminated air-stairs sourced from Australia.
A special feature inside the museum is the use of hand-made New Zealand Native Plant tiles which reflects the Association’s connection with the outdoors. Jan says the major challenge with this contract is the location in a central Wellington suburb with narrow cramped spaces around the construction site.
“Dealing with the logistics of concrete pours for instance, crane access and manoeuvrability have placed additional challenges for our site manager and team to manage, however they are very experienced at finding ways to mitigate and work around these issues.”
Peryer Construction has several large projects in Wellington on the go, including one for the Archdiocese of Wellington, at St Bernard’s College, Lower Hutt. The $4.8 million contract awarded for the C&D Blocks Refurbishment has commenced and follows the recently completed construction of the new science block.
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